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11 Ottoman Architecture

11 Ottoman Architecture

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The East, the West,The East, the West,and the Appropriationand the Appropriationof the Pastof the Past
in Early Ottoman Architecture
As the Ottoman state emerged in the fourteenthand fifteenth centuries, it encountered thecontemporary, medieval cultures of WesternEurope and Byzantium, as well as the past,classical cultures of northwest Asia Minor.
An examination of early Ottoman architecture,including the construction of new works,adaptation of existing buildings, and attitudesexpressed toward older monuments, helps toclarify the nature of the encounter.
 The Ottoman appropriation of the past may beunderstood as a part of their symbolic controlof the land and as an attempt to positionthemselves within the larger context of world.
Three Points of abstractThree Points of abstract
 This article is about the architecture of Ottomans in early years, especiallyuntil the reign of Mehmed II.
It discusses how Ottomans realized theconstruction of new buildings andadaptations of old ones.
It claims that the early Ottomanarchitecture represents their symboliccontrol and their attempt to positionthemselves within the larger worldcontext.

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